How to Care for Semi Truck Chrome During the Salty Winter Months

With winter fast approaching, it’s important to consider how to care for chrome rims in the winter. Your rig always takes a beating during those salty winter months, but with the right knowledge and products, you can keep them looking and working quite nicely all year round.


You may feel like there’s not a whole lot to do by way of prevention. When you’re on wintry roads, your chrome rims will get affected by the salt. The good news is you can reduce
damage by keeping them clean to begin with. There are a variety of cleaning supplies for semi trucks that are specifically meant to keep chrome clean. Before winter hits, take some time to remove all the dirt and grime from your wheels. A high quality cleaner will do just fine, and this will make it easier for you to keep them clean once they hit the road.

After you have nicely washed them, use a high quality polish on the chrome. This will work as a repellant against the salt, making them more protected. There are different types of polishes for semi trucks, so be sure you find one specifically for chrome wheels and rims.


Once winter hits and you’re on the salty roads, maintain the cleanliness of the wheels and rims. Each time you return home from a trip, follow these steps:

  1. Wash the entire rig with hot water and soap, freeing debris and salt.
  2. Pay special attention to the wheels and rims, where salt and dirt typically build up more.
  3. Use your chrome cleaner to give the wheels a second wash.
  4. Dry the rims and wheels well.
  5. Apply a nice layer of chrome polish.

If you do this every time you return, they will get cleaned several times during the season, and that is how you’ll maintain the shine of your chrome wheels in the winter.

Whether you have wondered for years how to protect chrome wheels from salt, or are a first-time winter truck driver, be sure to use high quality cleaners and polishes. Look for those specifically made for chrome, and you’ll keep your rims in good condition all year long.

2 thoughts on “How to Care for Semi Truck Chrome During the Salty Winter Months

  1. Thanks for the advice to use polish for the chrome and the information that there are lots of polishes. My dad bought a truck a few months ago. We’ll have to look into aluminum polish.

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